Too often when people talk about juicing, it’s prescribed as a weight loss solution or is touted in the form of a juice fast or cleanse. I’m blogging about juicing with the opposite idea in mind, though – I’m thinking about juicing as an addition to your diet as it is.
The focus of this post (and my relationship to juicing in general) is as an addition to my life and not an extraction from. You won’t find me on a juice cleanse anytime soon 🙂
Here’s what we know about juicing: When you juice a bunch of vegetables and fruit, your juicer revs up and expends a bunch of energy to process the produce so that your body doesn’t have to. The juice that’s extracted from fresh fruits and veggies contains a bunch of vitamins, minerals and phytonutrients (plant chemicals), but lacks fiber as that tends to be lost in the juicing process.
Buy Organic. Because juicing calls for fresh fruits and veggies, it’s really important to wash them thoroughly and buy organic. If buying everything organic is not possible, I’d recommend checking out the Environmental Working Group’s Dirty Dozen and the EWG Clean Fifteen. The Dirty Dozen is the line up of fruits and veggies that tend to have high concentrations of pesticide residue when purchased conventionally and not organic. These include a bunch of produce that we throw in juices and smoothies apples, celery, spinach, strawberries, cucumbers, etc.
Recipe for the Beet-It juice above:
- Celery – several stalks
- 2 Oranges – peeled
- 1-2 Lemons – peeled
- 1 Apple
- 4 Beets – small to medium sized
After washing, peeling off rinds, and roughly chopping – fire up the juicer and smash all of this into the machine. The result is a refreshing, highly nutritious, and slightly salty tasting (because of the celery) drink.
- Beets – Beets are high in manganese and potassium. They’re a good source of vitamin C, iron, vitamin B6 and magnesium.
- Celery – Celery is a great source of vitamin K and contains folate, potassium, and manganese. It’s also a nice source of vitamin C and vitamin B6.
So, take a vacation. Let your juicer do the work. And allow your body to rest and absorb the nutrients …